Which foods should ADD/ADHD kids avoid?

my son is 2 1/2 and just got put on a very low dosage adhd medication and his doctor is watching him very closley because your not really supose to diegonse until five so is there anything he should avoide food wise? that would help him

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soldierswife11

Asked by soldierswife11 at 12:07 AM on Jan. 8, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Hey I gotta go. I feel like I didnt help at all, but my hubby is wanting attention.

    Final thoughts....I would definitely chat more with the OT about the sensory and look into the weighted items if they have not mentioned them. For example him wearing a weighted vest will calm him possibly at home and a blanket would help at night possibly. Also for diet like you were interested in, go as natural as possible. If he has speech issues too, I would recommend trying the casein/gluten free diet. Please feel free to pm me on food ideas. I am willing to help and hang in there :) Also feel free to post on the autism board here, you would get tons of good info, it's a great group of women. On the bottom of my homepage I have the link to the board.
    J9Mommy

    Answer by J9Mommy at 1:14 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • i recommend finding a naturopath in the area.. a 2.5 year old shouldn't be on meds for adhd, 2 year olds are very active naturally. diet plays a huge role. I worked closely with a naturopath and something as simple as cutting out all artificial sugars can make a huge difference in a child's behavior.
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 12:09 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • Dyes in foods, sugar, hugh fructose corn syrup. I agree with the above poster to see a naturopath.
    Tetona

    Answer by Tetona at 12:13 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • see I get that and everything but he is not at all like any 2 year old I have seen he only sleeps 20 -30 minutes a night and no naps during they day and is off the wall he never sits at all he just goes goes goes he is insane lol
    soldierswife11

    Answer by soldierswife11 at 12:13 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • I have ADHD and I have noticed after I stopped eating dairy I can concentrate more.
    BubblesB

    Answer by BubblesB at 12:13 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • that's why i recommend the naturopath, or a holistic pediatrician. they will do more then modern medicines, it could easily be a diet issue. :)
    celticreverie

    Answer by celticreverie at 12:17 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • I always leave medicating children up to the parents....except in this case because of his age.
    I am going to have to speak up here. I would honestly change doctors NO child should be on ADHD meds at age 2.5 .Those medicines can affect growth, your heart etc...They can even create new side effects such as tics etc..

    There could be many causes for his behavior and first he should be evaluated for things like Sensory processing disorder etc...At age 2 he should be doing occupational and behavioral play therapy to help, not meds. My daughter is very ADHD like, but it is determined because she is a sensory seeker and has SPD. Our developmental pedi would not use meds at age 3. We instead started with OT who gave us ideas to help build her attention span and to curb her seeking.

    J9Mommy

    Answer by J9Mommy at 12:18 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • see I have even went as far as buying 5 diffrent carseats to get him to sit in the car but he is all over wont stay in even one!
    soldierswife11

    Answer by soldierswife11 at 12:18 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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    I would seriously get him off those meds so you both can learn how to handle the behaviors instead of just masking them. That will not benefit you in the long run. I would wait until school age and then if it is affecting his ability to learn at an age appropriate level, seek advice on meds.

    J9Mommy

    Answer by J9Mommy at 12:18 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • well my son sees a ocupational therepist for sensory issues and he sees a speach therapist but I cant get him to calm down we have tryed sleep meds and he still wont sleep but I give him candy and he takes a nap? shouldn't candy make you crazy more?
    soldierswife11

    Answer by soldierswife11 at 12:21 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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